Position: CFSA PhD Student
Supervisor: Prof Tony Arber
Project Title: A Cylindrical R-Z MHD ALE Code
Funding: AWE Case Studentship
During my first two years at Warwick I developed an Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian code, capable of running in either xy or rz coordinates. The code conserves total energy to round off and has a number of additional features including a choice of two different shock viscosities, subzonal pressure, enhanced symmetry preservation and localised subzonal viscous heating. This code has gone on to form the core solver of ODIN, a multi-material, arbitrary equation of state, radiation hydrodynamics code, being developed here at Warwick and at Imperial College.
Currently my time is spent extending the core solver into an magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) ALE code. Shocks present a much more challenging problem here; they are no longer confined to compressed cells, and as such the question of shock viscosity must be revisited.
Teaching: Outside of my own research I carry out a number of other physics related activities, some of which can be seen by following the link to teaching above.